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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside (May 22 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802775608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802775603
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 277 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,969,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on Nov. 20 1997
Format: Hardcover
So very inventive and wonderfully written. The author manages to present each character in three dimensions and true to form. This is a modern vesion of Gottfried Keller's "Clothes Make the Man", showing how outer appearances can create strong prejudice. And, sad to say, conformity is still a must in today's culture. In some European countries, police even set up a raster of neighborhoods, according to the motto: "You don't wear jeans, you are suspect". Big Brother is prejudiced.
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Outstanding, gripping crime novel March 22 2014
By carl brookins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is another of Bill Pronzini’s intensive, commanding, explorations of then current social ideas and concerns which move a national colloquy in many forums. But this is not a social treatise full of statistics. This is a moving, intense, crime novel, that will captivate and enthrall the reader. Take one large, dangerous looking, individual, John Faith, by name. He’s a traveler, a seeker, a man on the move. Insert this stranger into a small resort community during the off season. This community happens to be in northern California, but such are the author’s skills, it could be anywhere. It could be your hometown.

John Faith is the immediate object of suspicion, because he’s a stranger and he doesn’t look like he belongs. His presence gradually reveals and widens long-standing cracks in the comfortable, biased attitudes and ideas of almost everyone in town. Why has this man come to town? What are his motives? His answers are enigmatic, and even at the end we are left with questions. John Faith’s encounters with the police chief, the bigoted lake-side resort owner, some local Native Americans, and a bartender or two, are like pebbles dropped in a placid pool. The ripples expand and expand until they reach the edge of the pool and die. Except in this case, the ripples grow larger, intersect and become irresistible waves that begin to tear at the base fabric of the town.

This psychological thriller is tightly plotted, and intricately presented. It’s pace is irresistible. “A Wasteland of Strangers” is a thoughtful, satisfying crime novel. Artist Doug Henry has presented a handsome, evocative cover illustration. Highly recommended.
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Clothes make the Man Nov. 19 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
So very inventive and wonderfully written. The author manages to present each character in three dimensions and true to form. This is a modern vesion of Gottfried Keller's "Clothes Make the Man", showing how outer appearances can create strong prejudice. And, sad to say, conformity is still a must in today's culture. In some European countries, police even set up a raster of neighborhoods, according to the motto: "You don't wear jeans, you are suspect". Big Brother is prejudiced.

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